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Aerial of Stockholm with Kastellholmen island in the foreground and Djurgården and the inner archipelago in the distance.
Kastellholmen is an islet in the main inlet to Stockholm it is a part of the Royal National Citypark. It was originally used for ammunitions manufacturing and gunpowder storage, later it became a hotspot for skating with an indoor skating pavillion.
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Top 10 things to do in Stockholm

Delve into the captivating charm of Stockholm, where the stunning archipelago, enchanting old town, and vivid cultural scene beckon you to discover their hidden gems. From majestic palaces and historic neighbourhoods to picturesque islands and renowned museums, Sweden's dynamic capital guarantees an unforgettable adventure.

Whether you're drawn to history and culture or eager to soak up the city's lively ambience, Stockholm caters to all tastes with numerous things to do and places to visit. Immerse yourself in these top 10 attractions and maximise your experience in Sweden's capital.

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Djurgården, Stockholm

Djurgården is a part of the Royal National Citypark also known as The Ecopark. It is the first national city park in the world and it includes 27 km2 of nature and cultural values

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An aerial view of Djurgården in Stockholm.

Djurgården, Stockholm

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A golden crown fastened to the Skeppsholm Bridge with the Royal Castle and ferry boats in the background.

The Royal Palace

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Flower shop in Old Town

Flower shop in Old Town

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Moderna museet, Stockholm

Moderna museet, Stockholm

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Aerial view of the Stockholm City Hall Tower on a sunny day. Stockholm's Old Town across the water, in the background.

Stockholm City Hall

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Spend a day at Djurgården

Explore the island of Djurgården, home to some of Stockholm's most popular attractions. Visit the Vasa Museum to see the remarkably well-preserved Vasa warship, discover Swedish pop music history at the ABBA Museum, and experience Swedish cultural heritage at the open-air museum Skansen. Don't miss the thrill of Gröna Lund amusement park, the enchantment of Junibacken, or the tranquillity of the Royal National City Park.

Visit Stockholm's Royal Palaces

Discover Stockholm's royal history by visiting Stockholm's Royal Palace. Take a tour of its magnificent halls and chambers, then make your way to other royal residences such as Drottningholm Castle, Rosendal Castle, and Ulriksdal Castle. Each location offers a unique glimpse into Sweden's regal past and present.

Stroll around in Stockholm Old Town

Take a step back in time as you stroll through Stockholm's charming Old Town. Explore narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and iconic landmarks such as Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Prize Museum. Check out the quaint shops and cosy cafes hidden away in this medieval treasure trove.

Enjoy contemporary art at Moderna Museet

Immerse yourself in contemporary art at Moderna Museet. Explore its extensive Swedish and international art collections, including works by Picasso, Dali, and Warhol. Don't miss the museum's stunning waterfront location on the island of Skeppsholmen.

Ceremonial splendour at Stockholm City Hall

Marvel at Stockholm City Hall's architectural glory. Take a guided tour to admire its grand ceremonial halls, stunning murals, and magnificent view from the tower. Stockholm City Hall is also famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize banquet.

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Stockholm archipelago.

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The museum Fotografiska, seen from the hill above. The sea and parts of Stockholm in the background.

Fotografiska in Stockholm

Photo: Erik G Svensson

A woman with a weaved basket sits in a park overlooking Lake Mälaren and Stockholm City Hall.

Monteliusvägen, Södermalm

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The inside of Östermalm food market hall.

Östermalms saluhall, Stockholm

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People are walking around in a large room with paintings and sculptures.

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

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Go island-hopping in the Stockholm archipelago

Embark on an island-hopping adventure in Stockholm's archipelago. Use your SL ticket to easily visit islands such as Fjäderholmarna, Grinda, Utö, and Vaxholm using public transportation. Each island has its unique charm, from quaint villages to picturesque coastlines, offering breathtaking scenery along the way.

Swing by Fotografiska

Experience the art of photography at Fotografiska, one of the world's largest photography museums. Fotografiska hosts captivating displays showcasing the works of both Swedish and international photographers, with four unique main exhibitions and approximately 20 smaller exhibitions annually.

Discover hip and trendy Södermalm

Head to the trendy district of Södermalm, known for its bohemian atmosphere and panoramic views. Walk along Monteliusvägen, overlooking Lake Mälaren, Stockholm City Hall, and Riddarholmen. Discover hip boutiques, cosy cafes, and vibrant street art as you explore this dynamic neighbourhood.

Indulge in Östermalms Saluhall

Treat your senses at Östermalms Saluhall, Stockholm's historic food market dating back to the 1880s. The market reopened after extensive renovations in 2020 and offers a tempting array of fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, and traditional Swedish specialities.

Explore Nationalmuseum

Discover Swedish art and design at the Nationalmuseum. The museum houses an extensive array of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts dating from the 16th century to the early 20th century. Delve into the evolution of applied arts and design and admire around 5,000 carefully selected objects displayed chronologically, offering a captivating journey through the museum's galleries.